The time to walk in support of the fight against cancer is here again, and the coordinators at Pink Lily have organized the foundation’s seventh walk-a-thon, set for tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 18. Locals have flocked to the annual event to show their support over the years, and it has grown from a little more than 100 persons to almost 500 on the walk. In an interview with the Observer, cancer survivor and Founder and Executive Director of Pink Lily Cancer Care, Lea Parris, gave details of the upcoming walk. “The walk on Saturday starts at 6am from Chicken Stone, Gingerland and the route is on the island main road. It goes through town, along the Samuel Hunkins Drive, then along Old Hospital Road pass TDC Industrial Site, continuing on to Pinney’s Beach by Sunshine’s and then we’ll have breakfast,’she informed. Participants are encouraged to still register today; Friday at the Memorial Square in Charlestown from 10 am to 5pm. Registration fees are $45 for adults and $35 for children. Catering will be done by Errol Pemberton and Boddie’s CafÃ©. After the walk is complete, a number of events are slated to take place where participants can win prizes and also assist in the making of a music video by Tru Capo. “We’ve got entertainment by Levi Liburd, Delly Ranks and he’ll sing his version of what Pink Lily is all about; Andrew Hendrickson, who wrote the original Pink Lily song a few years back being inspired by Cindy Freeman’s journey; Ryana Wong, a local singer- she’ll be singing a song. “At the end we’ll release balloons into the air to remember our loved ones,”Parris said. She encouraged persons to participate in filming for the music video on Saturday. “Come and sing a line, lip-sync a line and they’ll all be included in the video. This shows the support of the people in Nevis [where] everyone is coming together and the message is really powerful,’she continued. Although there has been a lack in the sponsorship sought to fund the event, prizes will be donated for the first man, first woman, first child, the oldest and the youngest participant, and the winners of a quiz. She said while prizes are “not as grand as we’d like them to be’the foundation was extremely gracious for everything they had received. “We haven’t had any major sponsors this year so we don’t have any flights to Puerto Rico which we had from Cape Air last year because they were a major sponsor of the T-shirts and flights. We’ve got lunches and dinners for two; TDC and Horsford’s are also awarding prizes; and I brought a few things from England. We’ve got a doll for a little girl, which was donated from one of our volunteers, and whoever wins the “Knockout Cancer, Know the Signs”quiz on the beach gets the boxing gloves and the gown,’she revealed. “So come out and support the cause. It’s going to be a fun morning, it always is.”Sponsors for this years’ walk-a-thon include Delisle Walwyn and Caribbean Alliance [silver]; Four Seasons Resort and Bank of Nevis [bronze]; and Almond Dasent and crew, SKNA National Bank, RBTT, Rams, Brown Hill Communications, Zone Auto, Strikers, Sunshine’s, Tropical Ice, Jamaican Bakery, Office Machines Ltd, Stephen Hector, Bridget Hunkins, TDC, Horsford’s, Nevis Cooperative Credit Union, M&M Taxi and Rental, Health Promotional Unit, Department of Community Development, Mackie Tross, Nevis Hurricane Disaster Management, Botanical Gardens, Ole House CafÃ©, Morning Star Holdings, and AMS Trust (Nevis Ltd). The ultimate goal of Pink Lily is to establish a Support Center where cancer patients can have their own “hospital”. Parris informed that the Zetlands Plantation is being eyed as the ideal location for such a center but the cost to purchase the land ranges from US$ 10-15 million. At last years’ walk the total money raised was EC 11,140.
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